06/13/2016 04:23 EDT | Updated 06/13/2016 04:59 EDT

'ALF' Actor Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros Dead At 76

The actor who donned the "ALF" costume in the popular '80s TV series has died at the age of 76.

Mihaly "Michu" Meszaros was admitted to hospital a week ago after he was found unresponsive in his home, according to Entertainment Weekly. His manager confirmed his death to TMZ on Monday.

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Mihaly Meszaros died at 76. (Photo: The Real Michu/Facebook)

Born in Hungary, Meszaros performed with the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus prior to landing a part in the beloved sci-fi comedy about a friendly alien named Gordon Shumway and his misadventures on Earth.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money to cover his medical expenses and a "Life Celebration."

Puppeteer Paul Fusco controlled ALF — an acronym for Alien Life Form — in the TV show and provided his voice. But it was Meszaros who would step into the costume whenever there was a scene in the TV series that required the title character's full body to be shown.

Meszaros lived in Los Angeles, Calif., according to Variety.

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